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Sunday, July 1, 2018

José Chan Dzib: Crime Reporter Shot to Death in Q.Roo

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from:  NoticierosTelevisa

                       Veteran Crime Reporter Shot Dead: Journalist Jośe Guadalupe Chan Dzib
June 30, 2018
Additional info from TeleSur

Journalist José Guadalupe Chan Dzib was shot dead Friday night in the Mayan town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto , the Quintana Roo Attorney General's Office said. The first reports from the forensic unit determined that the cause of death was bullet wounds.

Chan Dzib was approached in the Feliube Carrillo Puerto nightclub by an unknown gunman who, without exchanging any words, shot the journalist four times. The attacker fled the scene and those who witnessed the murder were unable to say if he was alone.

The attack occurred at approximately 11p.m. local time, the Prosecutors Office said, without releasing any additional information.

According to another local journalist, Pedro Canche, Chan Dzib worked closely with police as a crime reporter with Playa News and belonged to the third generation of the Quintana Roo Police School. He also contributed to several print media outlets.

The Prosecutor's Office put out a press release saying that it is investigating the murder, which took place in a local bar , to find the identity of the murderer and /or who ordered it.

For the moment, the Prosecutor's Office did not provide further details so as not to hinder the progress of the investigation, in which it will be necessary to clarify whether the motive of the murder is related to the journalistic work of Chan Dzib.

The communicator is known in the area for being a collaborator in several print media and is currently working as a reporter for the police source for the digital media Playa News, whose headquarters is located in the tourist city of Playa del Carmen.

Through its press release the State Human Rights Commission condemned the facts and sent condolences to the relatives. Mexico's Human Rights Commission said he had been threatened more than once while living in Playa del Carmen, and that they are in contact with his relatives and colleagues.

A report by the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) notes that from 2000 to January 2018, at least 131 journalists have been murdered in Mexico equal to the number of candidates assassinated since Sept 2017 of  this election cycle.

In a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), the NGO denounced the violence disrupting the country, with more than 25,000 murders and thousands of disappearances reported last year.  HRW's director for the Americas, Jose Miguel Vivanco, said the state of human rights in Mexico is "very, very serious. There is no protection in Mexico."

The Commission has received four complaints related to grievances against journalists by public servants, which occurred mainly in Cancún and Playa del Carmen.

The Government of the State of Quintana Roo regretted the murder of the journalist, reiterated his respect for freedom of expression and endorsed his commitment to combat violence and thus "recover lost tranquility." Governor Carlos Joaquin González , asked the Attorney General's Office for a "thorough investigation".

Since the current president of the country, Enrique Peña Nieto , rose to power in 2012, at least 44 Mexican journalists have lost their lives in attacks that are possibly related to their journalistic activity.

The Organization of American States (OAS) has calculated that, on average, one political candidate is killed every four or five days in Mexico. Since September 2017, 115 political candidates from various parties have been murdered.

                  Co-workers gather to start a response to the latest brutal death of their comrade

The underwhelming response from state officials to feminicides and the murder of journalists and politicians bodes badly for the future safety and security of Mexico, HRW Assistant Director Raquel Aguilera told RTVE.

She indicated that the agency is already in contact with representatives of the media in which Chan Dzib worked , to make the corresponding arrangements before the National Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists.


  1. Is it time yet for the United Nations to send in an international force and restore some rule of law in the country? The Mexican government can't seem to do it.

    1. @6:31AM
      You need to jog my memory. I can't think of any countries that the UN has successfully sent in UN forces to "restore rule of law". I remember UN forces being sent to countries as "peace keepers" and they didn't do well at that. You have to have some kind of peace in order to keep it.

    2. Yeah im gonna have to agree with DD on this one. The U.N. knew the Hutu were going to commit acts of genocide against the Tutsi's in Rwanda. They did nothing to prevent it, and in turn the Interahamwe(Hutu Death Squads) hacked hundreds of thousands of Tutsi's to pieces with machetes.


    3. 7:44 you impress me some times, mister, let's add that the machetes were 30 cents of a dollar Chinese machetes, who wants the mophakas to get AK47s and come back and hit the Chinese or other revolutionary exploiters on their nalgas with their army grade AM47?
      some people is grateful they did not know how stone people to death.

  2. Too late to protect the journakist, and to early to manufacture a culpable party.
    Clubs should have security and journalists stay away from possible attacks where people can call your location, but having fun is so much more important, let's declare EPN a journalist, while there is time, people elect a new Presidente today.

  3. Clubs should have security and journalists stay away from possible attacks where people can ....thats Sounds so fucking surrender yourself and expect something to improve by itself

    1. 9:54 well said, you are free to go and get your ass shot up.
      But the government won't be babysitting 24/7 a grown ass man that wants to live dangerously,
      even if it were real precocious, I mean precious

  4. Where were the bodyguards that we're promised by the government of Mexico? They make promises, they can't keep.

    1. 6:48 it is like, you know?
      The first time you were promised marriage "at later date",
      the first ten times...
      At the end you were too happy to just keep practicing.


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